Postgame Quotes: Saint Louis 69, UMass 64
Jan. 14, 2009
Head Coach Derek Kellogg on the game:
"(Lisch and Liddell) are two very good players, they were the two best players in tonight's game. They played well, especially down the stretch. They are seniors and have been here for four years and compete and do all the little things that got them a win tonight. Saint Louis is a good team at home. They were 8-1 coming into this game at home. We saw why, they grinded the game out in the second half. They made tough plays. It was no secret to what the game plan was, the tougher team was going to win and in the second half they were tougher than us. Our guards really didn't scrap and battle and we left our big guys kind of by themselves in the post and on the boards. I have to find a way to get our guards in there and rebound the ball. Its going to be paramount, they did it against Dayton and we played so well. We had four or five rebounds from our guards tonight. On top of that they have two players who haven't averaged much (Mitchell and Eckerle) and we make them look like stars. It's a team loss from the coach on down to the players. I think it was a team effort and we have to get better and get ready for Temple on Saturday.
Kellogg on the Billikens' second half:
"They did a good job in the second half. They ran a lot of ball screens and tried to isolate Liddel and Lisch against our big guys and get by them on the dribble. They made shots. I'm not sure if it was our defense or they way they shot. To shoot 6-of-9 from 3-pointers, whether they are wide open or covered, whatever it is, is a pretty good take for a team that is a not a great 3-point shooting team. They had the big loss at Xavier and had a few days to get ready for us, that was an added advantage."
Kellogg on Lowe and Harris:
"I thought they did a nice job. Saint Louis doesn't help as much as they usually do. They really stay connected to their own man. There were some great driving lanes. I thought Chris did a fantastic job, although he seemed to wear down and didn't have as much pop at the end of the game. I probably played them too many minutes, but I felt comfortable having that experience out on the floor. I wish it was that they combined to score 39 points and the backcourt of Saint Louis scored 12 (points). But unfortunately, we gave up as many as we scored so that kind of balanced that out."
Kellogg on playing on the road in the A-10:
"I'm not sure a high school kid or a freshman in college realizes how tough it is to win on the road. They are in a brand-new arena here, a 12,000-seat arena. What a great crowd it was. They are going to be tough to beat at home. Unless you have so much more talent then they have or get it up and down. It is going to be a very difficult place to play. Coach Majerus does a great job. We went up eight in the first half, he called timeout and they ran a nice play to get them back in the game. Then we took a bad shot and they cut it down to three very quickly. That's a lesson, that when we come out of timeout, we have to lock in and be ready for a set play."
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